Armistice Day

Extract from Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen

What passing bells for those who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.

This brief extract has always summed up for me the tragic loss of life in the First World War. We must never forget their sacrifice. This year was the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One and like the rest of France, our village of Daglan remembered those who had fought and paid the ultimate price.

At War Memorials across France on the 11th hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month the last post was sounded.

The names of those Daglanese who died for France was read out followed by an address by our Maire which included a message from President of France.

Time to pause and reflect.

Primary School children sang songs and recited family stories of WW1

Well done, so proud of you.

The medals of one Mort Pour La France.

Unveiling of the new commemorative plaque on the War Memorial, with a very poignant message by Jacques Coudon, Paysan-Poite Daglanaise.

A very moving ceremony then took place at the cemetery lead by the children who placed flowers on the graves and recited the name of each WW1 combatant.

The Marie then invited everyone for a drink and then a meal at Le Petit Paris.

Extract from Aftermath by Siegfried Sassoon 1919

Have you forgotten yet?
Look up, and swear by the green of the Spring that you’ll never forget.

Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month.

Armistice Day in Daglan and across France honors the veterans who fought in both World Wars and is a day to commemorate the end of World War One in 1918 ninety nine years ago. The date was declared a National Holiday which coincides with Remembrance day in England.

The procession from the Mairie.

When the flag and the flowers were in place a list of the brave men from Daglan was solemnly read out. It was very moving, so many men lost their lives from a small village.

A conflict which cost France alone 1.5 million lives.

Madam Vasseur reading the remembrance speech.

One minute silence.

Then the last post played on a lone trumpet broke the silence, which was followed by the French National Anthem.